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Research Partner Awards

The Research Partner Awards recognize external collaborators, who have become essential members of our USCAR teams. They bring the depth and resources of their organizations or companies, expanding our circle of collaboration, and go the extra mile and to do more than their contracts require.

Jon Christophersen of Idaho National Lab for his work with the USABC Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). Christophersen has led and directed testing activity associated with five USABC 12-volt and electric vehicle battery developer program workgroups. The total value of these programs exceeds 20 million dollars and represents 80 percent of the current value of USABC’s contract portfolio.  Additionally, he was the primary author of both the revised USABC PHEV Test Manual and the soon to be released revised USABC EV Test Manual. Both of these test manuals are highly regarded globally and used to establish baseline performance for most of the world’s battery technologies used in vehicles.

Eric Heim of Eric Heim Consulting for his work as business manager of the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC).  Heim has been involved with USABC since its formation in 1991, and has been crucial to securing and managing five, successive, USABC five-year Cooperative R&D Agreements (CRADA), with the DOE.  Additionally, the USABC Program Managers’ Manual and updates; the USABC Financial Manual and updates; all USABC RFPIs, Statements of Work, and reports to the DOE; and all USABC Technical Advisory Committee and Management Committee meeting minutes, action items, and archived records have all been completed or improved by Heim.  He has been a meaningful part of the development, refinement, publication, and archiving of virtually every USABC document for more than 20 years.

Cindy Jiang and Justin Hunt of AET Integration Inc. for their work with the Magnesium Front-End R&D project team in their effort to produce demonstration structures incorporating structural joints between magnesium and steel components.  They introduced a new joining concept called Adaptable Insert Welding (AIW), which had never been evaluated for this joint combination before, even in a pure research environment. With little guidance, the two took the initiative to create and execute an aggressive development plan, producing and evaluating nearly 1,000 similar and dissimilar test samples in six unique coating configurations.  Their efforts brought this previously untried concept all the way from concept through technical feasibility and performance evaluation.